Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
705
14th Street Bridge
2162
Arlington Mill Trail
428
Ballston Connector
358
Bluemont Connector
284
CC Connector
812
Clarendon EB bike lane
196
Custis Bon Air Park
1212
Custis Rosslyn
1676
Fairfax EB bike lane
161
Joyce St SB
17
Key Bridge East
1312
Key Bridge West
758
Military NB bike lane
45
Military SB bike lane
43
Quincy NB bike lane
108
Quincy SB bike lane
89
Roosevelt Bridge
502
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1549
TR Island Bridge
1595
WOD Bon Air Park
1225
WOD Bon Air West
1877
WOD Columbia Pike
1047
WOD East Falls Church
1427
Wilson WB bike lane
277

Peds counted

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110 Trail
733
14th Street Bridge
461
Arlington Mill Trail
871
Ballston Connector
315
Bluemont Connector
443
CC Connector
668
Custis Bon Air Park
584
Custis Rosslyn
430
Joyce St SB
92
Key Bridge East
2613
Key Bridge West
1116
Roosevelt Bridge
172
TR Island Bridge
982
WOD Bon Air Park
734
WOD Bon Air West
765
WOD Columbia Pike
731
WOD East Falls Church
434

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3270819
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